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Overview of a Truck Accident Lawsuit
You have come to the right place to get the legal representation you need for your Truck Accident Lawsuit.
Law Offices of Jacob Partiyeli offers Free Consultation at 1-866-26-FIGHT (34448). Phone Hours are 24 Hours 7 Days a Week. We will explain to you in detail what will happen during a personal injury lawsuit.
In the aftermath of a truck accident, an injured person may need to pursue legal action. The same holds true for the family of a person who is killed in a truck accident because of the negligence of someone else. When contemplating taking legal action, it is important for a person to understand the essential elements of a truck accident lawsuit, also known as a personal injury lawsuit.
Specific types of Truck Accidents
- Jackknifing. The back end of the trailer swings to the side, often blocking many lanes of traffic for hours. Usually caused by sudden braking because the front of the vehicle is slowing down while the back still wants to go fast.
- Rollovers. Due to the height, weight and sometimes off-balance storage inside the trailers, semi-trucks are prone to rollovers.
- Tire blowouts. Simple math. 18 wheels, heavy loads, lots of miles. If the blowout causes the truck to lose control a serious accident can follow.
- Lane changes. The blind spot on a semi-truck is huge.
- Improper turning. The most common cause of fatal semi-truck accidents in California.
Types of compensation for injuries and damages
In the aftermath of a truck accident, an injured person may be entitled to compensation for different types of losses and injuries. An injured person is likely to accumulate what can amount to a considerable amount of medical expenses. These are compensable losses and can be claimed in a lawsuit.
The reality is that an injured person may not only have existing medical expenses, but may continue to incur them in the future. In a personal injury lawsuit, an injured person may claim medical expenses as well.
As a result of injuries in a truck accident, a person may not be able to return to work for a period of time. He or she is able to claim lost wages in a lawsuit as well. As is the case with medical expenses, an injured person may claim wages reasonably expected to be lost into the future. For example, a person may face permanent injuries, precluding that individual from going back to the same occupation maintained before the truck accident.
Pain and suffering can be significant when a person is injured in a truck accident. A personal injury lawsuit typically includes a claim for current and future pain and suffering.
Property damage is also a possible claim in a lawsuit brought following a truck accident.
Emotional or psychological injuries may be another type of loss in a lawsuit. These types of injuries are more challenging to pursue successful in a lawsuit. As is the case with other types of injuries, current and future emotional or psychological injuries can be claimed in a lawsuit associated with a Truck accident.
How much is your truck accident case worth?
It is very important to understand the potential value of your claim, because insurance companies will almost always offer settlement amounts significantly lower. By accepting a low offer you forfeit the right to pursue fair, reasonable compensation for your injuries.
Without legal representation from an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer, you might accept an offer that covers your present medical bills and some pain and suffering. There might be future medical treatments not calculated into that settlement. If you settle and sign a release, you forfeit the right to recover for the future medical treatment you will require.
The claim settlement process with an insurance company
An claimant needs to bear in mind that insurance companies are in business to make money. There is a natural inclination to strive to settle claims for the smallest amount possible.
The insurance company for the truck driver is going to call you. They’re going to want a record statement. They’re going to ask you questions. They’re going to want you to sign a few forms. You are not required to do so. Call Now for a Free Over the Phone Consultation. No Call Center. Talk to Lawyer Jacob Partiyeli Direct.
The statute of limitations
A person injured in a truck accident needs to understand that there is a law in every state called the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations establishes a specific deadline by which a truck accident lawsuit, or personal injury lawsuit of any time, must be filed.
If an injured person from the truck accident fails to make that deadline, he or she will be forever precluded from pursuing a lawsuit. This is the case even if a person is seriously injured and has major losses.
Filing a lawsuit
The lawsuit process begins with the filing of a complaint or a petition. In some states, the initial document filed with the court is called a complaint, in other jurisdictions it is called a petition. A qualified attorney at Law Offices of Jacob Partiyeli will be best able to prepare and file an appropriate petition or complaint in your truck accident lawsuit.
Retaining legal counsel
Truck accident lawsuits, as well as all other types of personal injury lawsuits, are complicated legal matters. As a general rule, an injured person is best served by retaining the professional assistance of a personal injury attorney.
We recommend for you to Schedule An Immediate Free Consultation with Law Offices of Jacob Partiyeli 1-866-26-FIGHT (34448). Phone Hours are 24 Hours 7 Days a Week.
A contingency fee is one in which an attorney is paid a percentage of any settlement or judgment in a car accident lawsuit. No fee is charged unless a personal injury lawyer obtains a settlement or judgment on behalf of a client.
Preparing a Truck Accident Lawsuit
Your truck accident attorney at Law Offices of Jacob Partiyeli will:
- interview you
- get the basic facts about the truck crash from the accident report and other sources
- determine who should be sued
- possibly begin consulting expert witnesses
- determine what general damage figure is appropriate for your injuries
Documentary discovery involves written, graphic, and electronic documents. In a truck accident case, this may include such evidence:
- typed letters
- handwritten notes
- receipts for fuel
- records of the trucker’s previous involvement in trucking accidents
- photographs of the truck crash scene
- the 18-wheeler’s black box
- a company policy on drug testing drivers to prevent truck crashes
- truck accident injury report
- records showing how a company investigates independent contractors to drive their semi-trucks before hiring them
Do you need a California Truck Accident Attorney?
It is recommended to always reach out to an experienced Personal Injury Attorney immediately after a Truck Accident. Your rights can be explained to you, and you might pick up a few pointers. Our Consultations are Always Free. it won’t even cost you anything except your time but it’s time well-spent.
A Free Case Review with a truck accident lawyer will lead you in the right direction, and eliminate much doubt and uncertainty about the whole process.
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